14 Mar '11, 11pm

Japanese govt says radiation levels around stricken nuclear reactors are now a threat to human health

TOKYO - JAPAN'S nuclear safety agency says an explosion has been heard at Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. An agency spokesman speaking on Tuesday on national television said the explosion was heard at 6.10am (2110 GMT, 5.10am Singapore time). No other details were immediately announced. The troubles at the Fukushima Dai-ichi complex began when Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan's north-east knocked out power, crippling cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from melting down. -- AP

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